West Chester, Ohio - Escort announced it has filed a patent-infringement complaint against Cobra Electronics regarding Cobra's iRadar device.
Escort said in a release that it has filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court Southern District Ohio Western Division against Cobra Electronics for patent infringement of two Escort patents.
According to Escort, this is the second time it has pursued litigation against Cobra regarding the same patent, and it said Cobra has breached the agreement that settled the previous lawsuit.
In a statement, John Larson, Escort president and CEO, said, "The patents asserted in this lawsuit recognize Escort's innovations marrying GPS and radar detection, which are the result of development and research by Escort engineers extending back well into the 1990's. Our inventions and patents cover not only the identification and marking of false alerts, but also, the sharing of radar alert information between detectors, an idea we brought to the market with the
"Escort and Cobra have peacefully coexisted since 2008, but with the iRadar, Cobra has overstepped its bounds, into infringement of our patents, and is capitalizing on our research and our ideas, including Escort's multi-decade effort to build a network that permits radar detectors to share information in a network that benefits the driving community as a whole. Escort was left with no choice but to respond."
TWICE's request to Cobra for a response was unanswered as of this posting.
and Escort's Live communities allow users to share alerts with other drivers by using GPS technology and their smartphones.